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Mark Pifher
A Death in the Family
Mark Pifher, author
Tom O’Brien, a journalist, has lost his wife, Laura, to cancer. Katie, his college aged daughter, and Katie’s brother no longer have a mother. In their attempt to mend a strained relationship, father and daughter agree to jointly write a journal, the content of which will focus on their investigation into the brutal murder of a Senate staffer. Their efforts will trigger a chain of events, some planned, others seemingly totally fortuitous. Before they can take the next step in rebuilding their lives, the prison killing of the convicted murderer, the alleged suicide of the father of Katie’s best friend, and the shooting of the Senator connected to each of these individuals will impact their path forward. Each of the deaths, beginning with the passing of Laura O’Brien, will expose previously hidden secrets and personal vulnerabilities, requiring father and daughter to recognize the existence of an inextinguishable light before they can escape a period of profound darkness.
Kirkus Reviews

“….an affecting story, emotionally unflinching and unsentimental with no false notes. A moving family drama seamlessly combined with a captivating tale of murder.”

Pacific Book Review

“…author Mark Pifher artfully blends the elements of crime, mystery, and drama into engaging literary entertainment…. Pifher’s entry into this genre is truly admirable. Ultimately, A Death in the Family proves a well-crafted, audience engaging story, that delivers complex family dynamics amidst unexpected tragedy and mayhem.”

Readers' Favorite

“A fantastic mystery that will make you lose yourself in its pages…. the pace was perfect and the action was relentless….A Death In The Family was perfect.”   5 Stars

Readers' Favorite

“The pivotal event in this story…is a scene worthy of a front page…. A Death In The Family is one of a kind….there is no disappointment in a story where the psychological suspense sets the bar high.”  5 Stars

Readers' Favorite

“…A very immersive and engrossing work of fiction….”  5 Stars

The U.S. Review of Books

“The author skillfully depicts the irony of deferred dreams…. Readers in search of wandering in pursuit of depth…will enjoy this book.”